Private-property rights are getting attention in Washington and Harrisburg, as the result of a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a Connecticut city to take private homes to make room for a private, profit-making development that would enhance the tax base.

By a vote of 376-38, the U.S. House has passed a bill that would deny all types of federal aid to any state or municipality that uses powers of eminent domain to acquire private property for transfer to another private owner for purposes of economic development.

The bill still has to get through the Senate, and even if it does, the Supreme Court may find some grounds to throw it out.

But we are pleased that members of the House are concerned about protecting property rights.

Meanwhile, in Harrisburg, and in dozens of state capitals, legislators are working on bills to further limit eminent-domain takings and protect property.

One such bill passed the state House of Representatives recently, and a similar bill is before the Senate.

Like many others, we believe the Supreme Court was flawed in its decision that allowed the town of New London to take private homes for a commercial development. Perhaps we are old-fashioned enough to still believe that “a man’s home is his castle,” and that private ownership should be protected, not threatened, by government.

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